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Bengals Bytes (8/8): Marvin Lewis won’t commit to Tyler Eifert’s status for Thursday’s game

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Marvin Lewis won’t say whether Tyler Eifert will or won’t play in the team’s first preseason game.

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Camp report: Price embraces Thursday debut vs. Bears
“I think he’s doing just fine,” said Trey Hopkins, getting the call again at right guard after making his first 12 NFL starts last year. “It was tough for me getting the new system coming in from the other offense learning new calls. We have a lot more detailed calls and I feel they were hard for me to learn. He came in very quickly and was kind of on it. My hats off to him just for that.”

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Marvin Lewis News Conference Transcript 8/7
“It’s an exciting week for us. The opportunity to play against another team, we need to do that. Whether it be young players, new players, new offense, or new defense, we need to go up against other people. Thursday night brings us the first opportunity. It’s exciting for us to be at this point. It rolls around very quickly. It seemed like far off, but now it has gotten here quickly. I can feel the excitement of it in the players. It will be fun out there Thursday night.”

Tez won't play in pre-season opener; Lewis won't call it on Eifert
The two things Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis detests are depth charts and breaking news at his news conferences. He had a pretty good day Tuesday before their last practice heading into Thursday’s pre-season opener (7 p.m.-Cincinnati’s Channel 12) at Paul Brown Stadium against the Bears.

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Last year saw the Cincinnati Bengals complete their 50th season as a professional football franchise. While the Bengals have not had the on-field gridiron success as some of their AFC counterparts, they do have two AFC Championships to date, as well as having made the AFC playoffs in five of the last seven seasons.

Top comments from Marvin Lewis before Bengals’ preseason opener
Thursday, Lewis leads his Bengals onto the field for preseason game No. 1 against the Chicago Bears. Beforehand, he fielded some questions at a presser. These are the tidbits to know.

Bengals' Tyler Eifert: Avoiding setbacks so far
Eifert doesn't seem to have any limitations in terms of taking contact, but the Bengals have been careful to manage his reps since removing him from the PUP list July 30. While he'll likely be held out for Thursday's preseason opener against Chicago, the 27-year-old tight end seems to be on the right track for Week 1 of the regular season. With Tyler Kroft also on hand at tight end, the Bengals might consider limiting Eifert's snap counts to give him a better shot at staying healthy throughout the year.

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